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2014 Mazda 3: Windshield Washers Serviced

July 09, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

One day recently, the windshield washers in our long-term 2014 Mazda 3 refused to wash the associated windshield.

Instead of being deposited on the windshield, the washing agent would collect in a puddle beneath the car. Great for keeping the pavement hydrated; suboptimal when it comes to having an optically transparent windshield.

Cue ominous music?

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2014 Mazda 3: First Service, TSB

May 16, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

I took our 2014 Mazda 3 to Mazda of Orange last week for its first service which included an oil change, tire rotation and curing of the windshield creak, a known issue handled via a technical service bulletin.

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2014 Mazda 3: Tapping Noises

March 21, 2014

2014 Mazda 3

A couple of weeks ago Mike Magrath mentioned squeaking noises coming from our long-term 2014 Mazda 3.

I drove this car for the first time last night. As I was slowly making my way along the freeway at about 20 mph, I noticed tapping noises. They seemed to be coming from under my feet, behind the steering column and from the passenger door.

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2014 Mazda 3 S: Check Engine Light Is Off

February 10, 2014

2014 Mazda 3 S

Ed was driving our 2014 Mazda 3 when the check engine light, along with several others, lit up. We took it to the dealer the next morning. Before pulling into the service drive, we plugged our OBD code reader into the Mazda to see what we could learn...

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2014 Mazda 3 S: We Might Have a Problem

January 31, 2014

2014 Mazda 3 S

See all those warning lights on the gauge cluster? They weren't there when I started driving home last night, but they lit up like that twice after some odd noises from down below.

The first time around I was just putting along in traffic at around 15 or 20 mph when I felt a sizable clunk from the transmission. Then the warning lights came on and the car felt like it was in some sort of limp mode. I got off at the next exit and headed for a parking lot. Along the way the transmission felt like it had no fluid in it, with lots of spinning gears and not much forward movement.

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Edmunds Insurance Estimator

The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Mazda Mazda3 in VA is:

$135 per month*
* Explanation
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